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This volume contains the invited papers, scientific and technical contributions, and concluding discussion presented at the Conference on Research, Development and Technology of Fusion Reactor Materials held on December 4-6, 1990, at the ENEA Frascati Energy Research Centre. Materials pose crucial problems for the magnetically confined fusion reactor, and for the related safety and environmental aspects. The main problems include the following: - intense irradiation by high fluxes of neutrons, charged particles, and radiation on the so-called first wall through which all the energy flux of the reactor passes; - corrosion and structural problems in the blanket surrounding the first wall, where nuclear fusion energy is converted into thermal energy and tritium is bred from lithium; - activation of structural materials (the only radiative matter produced, apart from tritium, in the fuel cycle, as the fusion reaction does not produce radioactive waste directly), and - superconductivity which is important in reactor magnet construction. The reasons for carrying out materials programmes are given in the invited papers of the first chapter of the volume. The work undertaken to date in Italy in the field of special materials was presented, as well as future activities connected to the requirements of the fusion programme. The latter are examined in the papers collected in the second chapter of this volume. The third chapter is a summary of the contributions and round-table discussions.

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Authors: BRUNELLI B, ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT);KNOEPFEL H (EDITORS), ENEA, Centro Ricerche Energia Frascati, Roma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13394 IT-EN (1991) 485 pp.
Availability: ENEA, Viale Regina Margherita 125, Roma (IT)
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